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Associate’s Degree in Design & Applied Arts

8,485 Yearly Graduations
$21,900 Median Salary
$19,213 Median Debt
There are 512 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in design. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 38% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 6.7% of design graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Design Majors

In 2018-2019, 8,485 earned their associate's degree in design. This makes it the 18th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in design at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 19,137
Associate’s Degree 8,485
Basic Certificate 4,140
Undergraduate Certificate 2,329
Master’s Degree 1,894
Graduate Certificate 169
Doctor’s Degree 25

Earnings of Design Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in design is $21,900. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $19,900 to a high of $24,050.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in design is $19,213. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $24,435 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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The median monthly payment of a design graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $200.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in design. About 65.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,894
Women 5,591
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Design

The racial-ethnic distribution of design associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 558
Black or African American 712
Hispanic or Latino 1,570
White 4,380
International Students 566
Other Races/Ethnicities 699
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Design Associate's Degree Students

There are 512 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in design. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York
805 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for design students seekingan associate's degree is Fashion Institute of Technology. Each year, around 8,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,542 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 805 people received their associate's degree in design from FIT SUNY. Around 45% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

374 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Each year, around 2,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,362 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,870 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 374 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles. About 88% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

The New School

New York, New York
183 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The New School comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Each year, around 10,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 183 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at New School University. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#4

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
116 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 75,400 attend the school each year. The design program at Ivy Tech Community College awarded 116 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#5

Montgomery College

Rockville, Maryland
100 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Montgomery College. Roughly 22,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at Montgomery College - Rockville. About 50% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Madison Area Technical College

Madison, Wisconsin
98 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Madison Area Technical College. Each year, around 15,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,095 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,095 per year.

The design program at Madison Area Technical College awarded 98 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 62% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Macomb Community College

Warren, Michigan
91 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Macomb Community College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Each year, around 21,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The design program at Macomb Community College awarded 91 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 57% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

80 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 80 people received their associate's degree in design from Advertising Art Educational Services DBA School of Advertising Art. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#9

Portland Community College

Portland, Oregon
79 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Portland Community College. Each year, around 28,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 79 people received their associate's degree in design from Portland Community College. About 70% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Monroe Community College

Rochester, New York
73 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monroe Community College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at Monroe Community College. About 59% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

CUNY Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, New York
73 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Kingsborough Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 15,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 people received their associate's degree in design from KCC. About 55% of this group were women, and 63% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
72 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Wake Technical Community College. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 72 people received their associate's degree in design from Wake Technical Community College. About 35% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, Kansas
71 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johnson County Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 18,600 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 71 people received their associate's degree in design from JCCC. About 54% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
71 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 18,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 71 people received their associate's degree in design from Full Sail University. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 59% were women.

#15

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
69 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Suffolk County Community College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Each year, around 26,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 people received their associate's degree in design from Suffolk County Community College. Of these students, 58% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, Rhode Island
65 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New England Institute of Technology is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,100 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,320 per year.

The design program at New England Institute of Technology awarded 65 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 38% of this group were women, and 15% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Seattle Central College

Seattle, Washington
64 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Seattle Central College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in design. Roughly 6,900 attend the school each year. The design program at Seattle Central College awarded 64 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 70% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
63 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Piedmont Community College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 19,100 attend the school each year. The design program at Central Piedmont Community College awarded 63 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 51% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
62 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of DuPage comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in design. Roughly 26,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at COD. Of these students, 66% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Platt College - San Diego

San Diego, California
61 Yearly Graduations
31% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for design majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Platt College - San Diego. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 61 associate's degree were handed out to design majors at Platt College - San Diego. Of these students, 31% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to design that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Fine & Studio Arts 4,063
Music 2,436
Drama & Theater Arts 1,667
General Visual & Performing Arts 1,563
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,552

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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